Victoria Wood awarded top TV honour from Writer's Guild

Victoria Wood Victoria Wood's successes include Dinnerladies, Acorn Antiques and Pat and Margaret

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Victoria Wood has won the top accolade for a TV writer at the Writers' Guild Awards.

The 58-year-old was recognised for her outstanding contribution to writing which includes comedies Dinnerladies, Acorn Antiques and Pat and Margaret.

Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy also won the award for best screenplay for their Oscar-winning film 127 Hours.

Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain and Simon Blackwell picked up best comedy for Channel 4's Peep Show.

Wood is the first woman to have won the top prize at the awards, which celebrates the best writing across genres as diverse as TV, radio, film, literature and videogames.

Peter Bowker won the short-form drama award for Eric & Ernie - the story of the early careers of Morecambe and Wise, which also came from an original idea by Wood.

Casualty episode Place of Safety won best continuing TV drama for Dana Fainaru and The Shadow Line won best TV drama series.

Roy Williams's Sucker Punch - which won an Olivier award - picked up best play and Lisa Evans won the prize for best play for children and young people for The Day the Waters Came.

Best radio comedy went to John Finnemore for Cabin Pressure, while Ed Harris's Troll won best radio drama.

The Writers' Guild is the trade union representing writers in TV, theatre, film, radio, videogames and books.

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